As the years pass, wedding traditions change and become obsolete. The throwing/catching of the bouquet and garter is one of those traditions that we see less and less as time goes on. However, one beautiful January day, a newly wedded couple continued the tradition at their wedding reception and something magical happened. The old wives tale is that the single lady who catches the bride’s bouquet will be next to be married, as well as the single man who catches the garter. At Ethan and Bri’s wedding last year, Ethan’s best friend Hunter caught the garter, and Bri’s dear friend and bridesmaid Christina caught the bouquet. Until this day, Hunter and Christina were total strangers. They shared a short and casual conversation or two throughout the wedding day, but it was in this moment that the fairytale began.
Throughout the remainder of the reception, the two strangers started getting to know each other, and even shared a dance. The attraction was instant! They kept in contact after the wedding, and it wasn’t long before they knew they had found someone very special. Hunter and Christina began dating, and in the spring of 2017 Hunter asked Christina for the honor of being her husband! We’re not so convinced that the old bouquet/garter tradition is a wives tale 😉
Hunter and Christina’s fairytale continued, and they became husband and wife yesterday at a beautiful chapel on a gorgeous fall day! Avondale Chapel was the perfect setting for their timeless and intimate wedding. They shared their first look together, then later exchanged vows under a gorgeous Elm tree, accompanied by a soft breeze and their closest friends and family. Christina’s best friend and sister stood beside her as Matron of Honor, and Hunter’s best friend Ethan (the one who started it all) was Best Man. Their parents welcomed everyone, related or not, as family and made this day an absolute joy to be a part of. Friends and family drove hundreds of miles to witness the union of these two incredible souls and show their love and support.
One of our favorite parts of this day? FIVE of our brides were there! It was like an R&B Family Reunion! These girls have been best friends for years, and have all been in each other’s weddings! #bridetribegoals We were even blessed to have our sweet Makenzie Evans with us, who helped us tremendously with her mad photographer/family portrait director/dress carrier/water bottle monitor/chair carrier/everything else skills! Thank you SO much, Makenzie!
Hunter and Christina, you are two of the most thoughtful, loving, and caring people we know and we’re still in awe of you and your story! From two wedding attendants brought together in a storybook kind of way to husband and wife, you are in inspiration to all of us! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Wolfe, and enjoy your honeymoon in paradise!!
Bride’s Dress Designer | Morilee
Bride’s Dress Shop | Mia’s Bridal & Tailoring
Groom & Best Man Attire | Haggar
Florals | Petal Chik Designs
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Avondale Chapel
Wedding Planner & Coordinator | Jeff & Leah Ecker, Avondale Chapel
Matron of Honor Dress | Adrianna Papell, Macy’s
Catering & Wedding Cake | Rick’s Bakery
Invitations | VistaPrint
On June 22, 2013 around 11:00 pm, our tired bodies collapsed onto a hotel bed in Texas. We hurt and ached in places we didn’t know existed, but somehow felt like we had more life in us than on our best days. We had just finished photographing our first wedding. Through the exhaustion and agony, we looked at each other and said “I think we found what we’re meant to do.”
There is no way to adequately describe how many lessons we have learned about the photography industry, being business owners, the wedding industry, and mostly marriage… the hard way. The last 4 years have been a radical evolution of two people in a broken marriage who wanted to photograph weddings, of all things. We hit rock bottom and God helped us rebuild into a couple that we never would have recognized. Marriage became a sacred gift that we guarded with our lives, and we wanted everyone to know about it. Being wedding photographers wasn’t this fun and creative thing to do anymore… it was a mission and a calling.
We wanted this little business to boom, and we wanted it fast. We threw money at every avenue we found to help us expedite the process, essentially skipping the fundamentals of developing our skills as artists and business owners. We put WAY too much weight into the advice and opinions of everyone else, and hardly any into our own. Social media became a place to see what everyone else was doing and try to emulate that. In hindsight, we weren’t being lazy and trying to take the easy train, we simply didn’t know. We didn’t know how to take the advice of those who had gone before us as just that… advice. We didn’t know how to find our own identity, how to be inspired without the green monster of comparison, or how to create something original.
Over time we have established that identity. (Turns out there is no such thing as a fast track) We know exactly who we are and what we stand for, but have still struggled with how to build a business around that. We are a husband and wife photography team, so we have to run this business as one entity, right? Nope. God created us to be two very different individuals, so why would we stifle that? That’s the turning point, folks. We are strong individuals who are even stronger together.
A year ago, we realized how desperately we needed a brand. Our entrepreneur friends understand what this means, but for everyone else, here is a little explanation. You are the brand. We are the brand. A brand is not color and a logo. A brand is an identity. It’s who you are when no one is looking. It’s how you treat people- customers or not. It’s the words you use and the actions you take. It’s your personality. It’s the “why” behind what you do… and what you don’t do.
“A brand is the “why” behind what you do… and what you don’t do.”
We reached out to a brand designer that we know and love and began planning. And then the news we had been praying for came along, our baby girl, and suddenly paying a designer was completely out of the budget this year. Something you should know about me is that when I get an idea I don’t let it go. And if circumstances tell me “no,” I figure out how to do it anyway, no matter how hard or how long it takes. So I decided that I’d do it myself.
I began the countless hours of studying the psychology behind visual branding and web design, self-assessment, taking polls, and writing pages and pages of notes in Google docs. I created my own extensive branding questionnaire and with every single answer I would ask “why?” If I couldn’t come up with a good enough “why” I would nix that answer and start over.
Once the branding phase was finished and our identity was painted clearly, I began the website design process through the incredible web host company, Showit. And I just thought the branding phase was hard! I went into this knowing absolutely nothing about designing a website. I started with a free template provided by Showit since I had no clue where to start, but as time went on and I figured out what to do, that template got torn apart and my own original design came to life. Again, with every decision I would ask “why did I put that there?” If it didn’t fit with the defined brand it was deleted and I started over.
Looking back over the last year, and especially the last 8 months since this project truly began, I see how beneficial it was that we couldn’t afford to hire a seasoned professional for this. It made us dig so deep into the “why” behind everything we do that we have grown exponentially in every aspect. Somehow that monster of comparison became (nearly) a non-issue because we finally understand and respect our own business too much. We can admire what others are doing without questioning why we didn’t do it too. It has given us a new-found confidence, and confidence is sexy 🙂 My favorite change, though, is that we can finally embrace our differences as individuals and find incredible strength in that. Our differences are what make us so powerful together. What a beautiful thing!
We are SO proud of this new beginning, and absolutely can not wait to debut the all-new Reid & Brittany brand in just a couple of weeks!! We will also be debuting a surprise project that we started exactly a year (yesterday) in Italy!! To find out when we launch, just follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
“I knew I was saving this ring for someone. Today I want to give it to you, and someday you can give it to our daughter.” The ring on Caroline’s right hand has been a symbol to her since she was a young teenager that God was preparing a perfect life companion for her. It has been a constant reminder that through the trials and changes of life, His plan will prevail and she could stay steadfast in that truth. She has allowed him to prepare her- heart, mind, and soul- for the man she would someday marry. On Saturday July 8th, she placed that ring in the hand of her soon-to-be husband.
As thoughtful, kind-hearted, patient, and loving as Caroline is, Joseph is too. He also has a laugh and a glow that lights up the world. He, too, has been preparing his heart for when God gave him his perfect life-companion. During their emotional First Look, Joseph said “You are more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.” He treasures Caroline as a rare and perfect gift.
Joseph also gave Caroline a wedding gift- a beautiful wall print of their new last name and all of the special milestones they’ve been through together so far. But then she turned it over… letters from everyone in her family were taped to the back of the frame, along with a USB drive. Joseph downloaded ever single text, email, and Facebook message they have ever exchanged so that they would never be lost! He thought that the gifts were over, but then Caroline said she had one more surprise for him. It wasn’t just a surprise to him, she kept it a surprise from everyone! With nervous hands, she sat down at the piano and played him the song that she wrote for him. Caroline is a brilliant musician and vocalist, so this was no ordinary song. She played and sang her heart to the love of her life while he watched and listened in awe in wonder.
Joseph and Caroline could have met while they attended the same college, but their paths just didn’t really cross. It wasn’t until after Caroline returned to the country from studying abroad, that Joseph started attending her church, and they connected over similar experiences. Most of all, they connected over their love for the gospel. The timing was divine and they knew almost instantly that they were meant to spend eternity together.
Joseph and Caroline became husband and wife in the same room where they first met, and where Joseph proposed. Their wedding was elegant, classy, and fun- which is exactly how anyone would describe them! Caroline wore the bracelet that Joseph had given her as a gift, and one of the most beautiful lace gowns we’ve ever seen! Her sweet and talented cousin designed all of the floral arrangements, and our good friend DJ Jellybean delivered an incredible reception experience. Joseph and Caroline’s friends and family were supportive, loving, encouraging, helpful, and SO MUCH FUN!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Koon! We love you!
Ceremony Venue | The Bible Church of Little Rock
Portrait & Reception Venue | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Bride’s Dress Designer | Sottero & Midgley
Bride’s Dress Shop | Low’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | JJ’s House
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire | Jos. A. Bank
Floral Design | Justin Jackson
Invitations | The American Wedding
DJ | DJ Jellybean
Cake | Debra Brown
You’ve probably heard people say “it was a sign” dozens of times. When Carson first “met” Rachel, he received a sign that she was the girl for him… literally. We’re not talking metaphoric here, it WAS a sign! A Practice Plus sign, to be exact! Rachel had been asked to be one of the faces of Practice Plus’s new campaign, which she shyly agreed to. Her face was one on a sign displayed around Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, and it caught Carson’s attention. One day one of Carson’s coworkers, who was bound on finding him a girlfriend, asked him what he was looking for. Standing next to the sign, he halfway joked and pointed at the picture of Rachel and said “her.” What Carson didn’t know was that his coworker would “coincidentally” meet Rachel soon and begin playing Cupid. After Carson found out that his coworker had told this beautiful mystery girl all about him, he was SO embarrassed that he found Rachel on Facebook and messaged her a sincere apology. Rachel appreciated the kind gesture and shrugged it off as just a weird encounter. But somehow the messages slowly continued…
The beginning of their acquaintanceship was so odd that Rachel had a hard time accepting that Carson could actually be the incredibly kind, funny, and God-loving guy that he seemed to be. After some time of talking online, she agreed to go on a date with him. They chose a casual place, Tacos 4 Life in Conway, to meet and get to know each other in person. It turned out that he really was THAT guy, Rachel really was the “poster girl,” and the sign was really THE sign! You guys, you just can’t make this stuff up!
Carson and Rachel are two of the kindest, funniest, energetic, sentimental, and devoted people who could absolutely not be more perfect together. They were joined as husband and wife on Saturday surrounded by hundreds of loving family and friends, at the altar in front of a beautiful wooden cross which Carson built. Rachel paid tribute to her strong family heritage by wearing her great grandmother’s pearl necklace and bracelet. Having been in over 20 weddings between the two of them, it was FINALLY Carson and Rachel’s turn! In fact, Rachel and four of her bridesmaids have all been in each other’s weddings! And we’ve been privileged to photograph four of them! Now THAT’S a #bridetribe!!
Carson and Rachel, we are honored to know you and to have been able to share your (seriously) one-of-a-kind love story! Have fun at Disney World!!
Ceremony Venue | R&C Church of Christ
Dress Shop | Inverness Bridal
Veil | Veil Trends Couture
Bride’s Hair/Make up | Emily Tackett
Floral Design | Petal Chik Designs
Videography | Via Media
Coordinating | Diane Nichols
Groomsmen Attire | JC Penney
Reception Venue | Second Baptist Church, Conway
Standing in the driveway of summer camp, two months after their first introduction, Jackson and Sydney professed their love for each other. Almost three years later, standing at the altar in a chapel made of glass, they became husband and wife. Their first meeting was absolutely divine intervention. Sydney had taken a job at a summer camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she met the camp director’s son. They were total strangers, but something clicked. Before camp started, they got to know each other through talking on Facebook, and it didn’t take long! They went on their first date when camp started, and the fire was ignited.
Jackson’s mom told us at one point during the wedding day that she couldn’t have picked a more perfect bride for her son. What a treasure! A parent only wants the absolute best for their child, and to be able to say that… well, you just can’t ask for a bigger blessing. And we wholeheartedly agree with Mrs. Carter! We could tell from the minute we sat down with them in Starbucks last summer that their compatibility was on-point. And can we just brag on Sydney for a second? She is one of the most laid back, easy going, thoughtful, caring, and punctual brides we’ve ever met! And so were all nine of her bridesmaids! She was constantly making sure that everyone was doing okay, had everything they needed, and thanking them for coming to her wedding!
Our favorite part of the whole day was Jackson and Sydney’s first look. Sydney had planned an incredible surprise for Jackson by having his grandfather’s wedding band inscribed with the phrase “My Best Buddy.” Jackson and his grandpa were extremely close, and since he’s now in heaven, Sydney wanted to honor his memory and make him a part of their wedding day. She surprised Jackson with the ring during their first look. Jackson also wore his grandpa’s fishing lure pinned to his boutonniere, to keep him close to his heart.
Sydney and her girls spent the morning getting ready at a beautiful historic home in the heart of Hot Springs. The ceremony took place at the Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens, and the reception at The Porter House Club in Hot Springs. Their loving family and friends made the day incredibly special and just a whole lot of fun! There was nothing stressful about it! It was perfect in every way from start to finish.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Carter! Enjoy Charleston!!
Getting ready venue | Private residence in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Ceremony Venue | Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens
Bride’s Dress | Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | David’s Bridal
Floral Designer | Petal Chik Designs
Bride’s Shoes | Gianni Bini
Invitations | Minted
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire | Jos. A. Bank
Reception Venue & Catering| The Porterhouse and Belle Arti
Wedding Cake | Sweet Lavender Bake Shop